Common Construction Accidents
Construction workers are exposed to a number of occupational hazards. Workers in the construction industry work with scaffolds, ladders, power tools, heavy equipment, machines, and other dangerous items. Unfortunately, carelessness and negligence are not uncommon on construction sites. These two behaviors increase the risk of a construction accident.
At Jett Legal, our team assists clients in the St. Louis area with cases including:
- Ladder accidents
- Scaffolding accidents
- Crane accidents
- Fall accidents
- Caught between accidents
- Vehicle crashes
- Roof and ceiling collapse
- Struck by falling hazards accidents
- Construction defects
- Equipment failure
- Exposure to chemicals and other hazardous substances
Our team at Jett Legal knows there are different causes of construction site accidents. Regardless of what causes yours, it is important to understand your legal rights to fight for the compensation to which you are entitled.
OSHA’s Fatal Four (Most Common Causes)
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), there are four leading causes of injury and deaths in the construction industry. OSHA refers to these leading causes as the “fatal four.” These four most common causes are:
- Falls — Falls account for over one-third of fatal injuries in the construction industry (34%), according to OSHA. Construction workers fall from heights when working on scaffolds, roofs, ladders, and other heights.
- Struck by objects — These accidents occur when improperly secured construction materials, equipment, or tools fall from heights and strike workers.
- Caught between — Construction workers are likely to suffer severe injuries and die when caught in or trapped between collapsing structures, equipment, or objects.
- Electrocution — Workers on construction sites are often exposed to wires, which may result in electrocution.
Regardless of the type of your construction accident, you need to work with an experienced attorney to help you with your workers’ compensation, personal injury, or wrongful death claim to obtain maximum compensation.
Filing a Claim After a Construction Site Accident
If you were injured in a construction site accident, there are three common legal remedies available to obtain compensation for your losses:
- Workers’ Compensation — Workers’ comp is no-fault insurance coverage that covers specific losses suffered by injured workers.
- Personal Injury — If the accident was caused by a third party’s negligence or the employer does not provide workers’ compensation coverage, you might be able to file a personal injury claim.
- Wrongful Death — If your loved one died in a construction accident, you could be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit to recover damages.
Consider speaking with an attorney to discuss your compensation options after a construction accident.
Possible Compensation for Construction Accident Injuries
Construction accidents can result in devastating physical, emotional, psychological, and financial burdens for victims and their families. Dealing with severe or permanent injuries and facing mounting medical bills can have a significant impact on an injured victim’s life. When seeking compensation for construction accident injuries, victims may be able to recover the following types of damages:
- Medical expenses, including the cost of surgery, physical therapy, rehabilitation, and other expenses
- Loss of income
- Diminished earning capacity
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Pain and suffering
Being involved in a construction accident can have life-changing consequences. Contact our team at Jett Legal and we will assist you with recovering damages and help you seek the compensation you need to get back on your feet and move forward with your life.